Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to depart the club after almost twenty years with the spanish giants.
The club confirmed to the press on Tuesday that the Argentina international has despatched a file expressing his choice to leave.
The statement comes eleven days after Barcelona’s humiliating 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, one of the worst defeats within the Messi’s career and in the club’s history.
The defeat capped a difficult season for Barcelona – which also is their first time since 2007-08 to go a season without a trophy- and sparked one of its worst crises ever.
The 33-year-old Messi has won a record six Ballon d’or awards for the duration of his time at Barcelona as the top player in the world, and has helped the club win 10 spanish league titles and 4 champions league crowns.
But, his attempt to leave the club could now result in a legal warfare between the 2 aspects over a clause in his agreement. Barcelona said the record despatched by way of Messi referenced a clause permitting him to depart at no cost at the end of the season.
However, the club said the deadline for triggering that clause expired in June and that it would be looking for legal advice.
The Spanish season could generally have ended in May but was however pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic.
If Messi can leave at no cost, he’ll havw alot of clubs chasing him, however, only a handful of clubs could realistically come up with the money to pay his wages even without a transfer fee – with Paris Saint Germain and Manchester City seemingly the only possible and most probable locations.
His decision was immediately supported by former teammate Carles Puyol who tweeted: ‘ Respect and admiration Leo, all my support amigo.’
Luiz Suarez replied the tweet with an applause.
Messi has been outspoken about his dissatisfaction with a number of the club’s decisions this season but has been silent since the loss to Bayern, even though, doubts about his future kept rising.
Barcelona President Josep Bartomeu had said he was very confident that Messi will end his career with Barcelona, and that he is an important part of incoming coach Ronald Koeman’s plans for the project ahead.
Koeman reportedly met with Messi last week and the player told the Dutchman that he sees himself much out than in at the club at the moment.